House Passes Legislation that Includes Rep. Joe Wilson’s Bill on Yucca Mountain

May 10, 2018
Press Release

House Passes Legislation that Includes Rep. Joe Wilson’s Bill on Yucca Mountain 

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) released the following statement after his legislation H.R. 433, the Sensible Nuclear Waste Disposition Act, was included in H.R. 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, that passed the House today. 

The federal government has dedicated enormous resources to completing the nuclear storage facility at Yucca Mountain. In South Carolina, ratepayers have invested over $1.3 billion into Yucca over the last 30 years. Starting over with another project would cost billions of dollars and would take decades to complete.

My legislation that was included in today’s bill will prevent a new duplicative facility for defense waste from being planned, developed, or constructed until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission makes a decision regarding the license for Yucca Mountain. If we fail to complete the Yucca Mountain project, communities across the country, including the Aiken-Barnwell community in the Second District, will have to continue to bear the burden of storing nuclear waste that the federal government has promised to remove.

“I am grateful that the House supported this measure overwhelmingly, and I hope the Senate will take up this legislation quickly.”